This week has been good for me. After a few slow weeks, my weight loss has really kicked into gear. I've been better at my exercise - something I actually LOVE, but seem to run out of time for. I know, I know - you're supposed to exercise first thing - but that just won't fly for me...believe me, I've tried! Evenings are when I seem to be able to really get it done. I hop on the treadmill, turn on a show I enjoy, and only allow myself to check "how much longer" during commercial breaks.
Also, I'm always trying to make food choices that are on the lower calorie end of the scale. I don't eat "light" or "fat free" of anything though. I feel like it is so synthetic - I question the actual health benefits of something so unnatural.
This week Amber asked us to share some snack ideas that seem to work for us. Here's mine...
Now I know you're supposed to snack on fruits and such, but to me, fruit is not a food. Yes it's delicious and yes it's refreshing - it's just not satisfying when you have the munchies. Yep, fruit is definitely a beverage - not a snack.
I crave salty snacks like nachos, chips, french fries...so the popcorn is a great substitute. Even the movie theatre butter (the kind I like) is very low in fat and calories. I know the sodium may not be as low as one might hope for, especially when I add my magic pixie dust - but I'm a salt craver and there is NO WAY I could pull of a sodium free diet. Instead I choose to drink lots and lots of water. That way the water retention effects sodium can have are countered. I also have really low blood pressure - so the high blood pressure risk associated with sodium is not an issue for me. If you have this issue I don't think lots of water will help much!
I still try to eat lots of healthy foods - especially those high in fiber - but when I am just craving a salty snack - the popcorn is better than the nachos or fries!
Thanks Amber for starting this great support system!